Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Elite 2017 prospects shine in Nashville
By John Stovall
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- This past weekend I attended the Crossroads Elite 125 camp, which featured some of the better 2017 prospects in the country. The camp included a lot of drills for skill work and the prospects also played a few relatively competitive games.
Here’s a look at some of the best performances from the camp.
Michael Porter (Columbia, Mo./Tolton)
2017, SF/SG, 6-5, 175
Porter is a smooth operator and is already a very skilled wing. He has a solid handle and is a good shooter to 20 feet. Porter can score some off the dribble and is a beast catching and shooting. His dad is an assistant women's coach at the University of Missouri, so he has great bloodlines. If he can become more assertive, Porter is a future stud.
Kris Wilkes (Indianapolis/North Central)
2017, SF, 6-6, 175
Wilkes is a skilled wing with great length and tremendous upside. He is growing by the minute and could top out taller than 6-foot-8. He is an impossible matchup at this point at the grade-school level and should be an immediate impact player at the varsity high school level as a freshman.
Paul Scruggs (Indianapolis/Southport)
2017, SG, 6-3, 175
Scruggs’ signature is his motor. He has good skills, but he generally has greater effort than his opponent. He is also a good natural scorer who finds ways to put the ball in the basket. Scruggs is an excellent competitor who is a consistent jump shot away from being unstoppable.
Best Big, Part 1
Isaiah Jasey (Killeen, Texas/Ellison)
2017, PF/C, 6-8, 200
Jasey was the surprise of the camp for me. He is a little raw but has great tools. He may not know what to do with them yet, but once he realizes his potential he could become a star. Jasey scored well on the low block and showed the ability to knock down some perimeter shots out to 17 feet. He has great upside.
Best Big, Part 2
Will Weems (Detroit/Western)
2017, PF, 6-6, 200
Weems is another raw big, but he is more skilled than Jasey. Weems has good length and is a solid athlete, and he should be the next big-time big fella out of Michigan. He can score on the low block and can also handle well enough to be able to drive against other bigs. Weems is a possible star in the making.
Best Point Guard
Tyler Mitchell (Kings Mills, Ohio/Kings)
2017, PG, 5-8, 160
Mitchell is a skilled and sometimes flashy point guard who can score and create. He seemed to have a solid basketball IQ, which is a prerequisite for a good point guard. Mitchell is very good in the open court and has the ability to knock down shots to 19 feet.